formative assessment

Fluco Toolbox: Quizizz

Welcome to Fluco Toolbox, a series of posts that showcases potential edtech tools for the Fluvanna County classroom. Each post will discuss the tool, the type of problems it can help solve, and how it can be used in the classroom. If you’re a Fluvanna County staff member and want to learn more about using the tool in your own classroom, please schedule to see your ITRT and we will develop professional development based on your needs. If you’ve stumbled upon this post and you’re not part of the district, no worries! Feel free to use the information provided to jumpstart your own research.

Have you ever found yourself in love with an online quiz program, but wished there was a program out there that didn’t rely on how fast students can answer? What about one that allowed students to take a quiz at home?

Today’s Fluco Toolbox tool is: Quizizz

First, the basics:

Name: Quizizz
URL: quizizz.com
Cost: FREE
Problem this tool solves: Create quizzes for students where being the fastest to answer is not a factor. Assign quizzes to be taken later at home. Integrates with Google Classroom, Edmodo, and Remind.

Chances are, you already use some kind of online quiz program in your classroom. It is likely that you have used it quite a bit, and you have noticed a few things – unable to take the quiz outside of the classroom, first to answer correctly wins points, etc. If you’re looking for something new, then give Quizizz a try!

Quizizz gives a different spin to the quiz game. Students are not forced to beat the clock to answer correctly and get the most points. Instead, Quizizz takes a self-guided approach. Quizizz also allows teachers to assign quizzes that are taken outside of the school day. Because of this feature, questions and answer choices are shown on every screen, not just the teacher’s. Teachers can gather live data and reports for assessment. There’s even a fun Meme creator for questions.

First, create an account. Google users can sign up with their Google accounts. Everyone else must sign up with email. Once an account has been created, you’ll be taken to your dashboard. The dashboard is where you’ll search for new quizzes, create your own, and locate resources.

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If you’ve used Kahoot! before, the layout and setup of new quizzes are largely the same. You’ll find that Quizizz only offers multiple choice quiz types, whereas Kahoot! offers more. Remix public quizzes on both sites. Create your own memes to support correct/incorrect answers on Quizizz. Quizizz also allows both the question and answer choices to be seen on the student’s screen. Quizizz works with Google Classroom. Quizizz also allows quizzes to be assigned as homework and can be completed on any device. Kahoot! does allow a similar feature, but it’s limited only to the mobile app.

First, let’s create a quiz. This can be done by searching the public database and remixing an existing quiz or starting entirely from scratch. Give the new quiz a name, and include an image if you wish. Then you’ll be taken to the quiz editor.

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Quizizz has a recently released a new quiz editor, which makes creation even easier! Users can now select more than one correct answer, include images in questions, and include a 5th option for answer choices.

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To create a question, fill out the information required. At least 2 answer options are needed for each question. Don’t forget to check out some of the cool options! Make more than one answer correct, add a 5th correct choice, change the time limit, and add an image to the answers. On the right side of the screen, you’ll see a preview of the created question as it would appear for students. This updates in real time.

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Save the current question, and then add as many questions as needed. One of my favorite parts of Quizizz is the ability to search other quizzes for questions to use. Teachers never like to reinvent the wheel if they don’t have to! This feature allows you to search other existing quizzes, or limit to only your own for questions to use in a quiz. Once you find a question to use, all you have to do is add it to your quiz. You can then edit the question.

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After all questions have been added or created, simply click “Finish Quiz”. Before doing this, decide if you would like the quiz to be public or private. You’ll see the button just below the name of the question on the page that shows all of the questions for the quiz. You’ll need to provide some details about who the quiz is suitable for, and then it’s considered published.

Once a quiz has been published, it’s visible to everyone, unless you chose to make it private. There are two options to distribute quizzes to students – Play Live and Homework. Playing live means playing the game in real time. Students complete the quiz, but on their own devices. Teachers have a variety of options to customize gameplay, such as shuffling questions, giving points for faster answers, letting students see the leaderboard, etc. When a game is in progress, students see both the question and answer choices on their screens. There’s also the option to give the quiz as homework. Students can take the quiz at home until the quiz deadline. Once the deadline hits, it will no longer available.

Teachers decide between Play Live and Homework based on the goals to be accomplished. Live works well for in-class work and assessments. Homework is awesome for out of class assignments or for students who may be at home sick. One benefit of Homework is that the link to the game can be shared with Google Classroom, Edmodo, or Remind without students needing a join code to play.

When all is said and done, quiz data can be downloaded as an Excel spreadsheet. The data will show the students for each quiz, the questions correct, incorrect, and not attempted.

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When it comes down to it, Quizizz is a fantastic tool that’s only getting better as time goes on. As with any other quizzing tool, use it when the tool works best for the students and curriculum being taught at the moment.

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Fluco Toolbox: GoSoapbox

Welcome to Fluco Toolbox, a series of posts that showcases potential edtech tools for the Fluvanna County classroom. Each post will discuss the tool, the type of problems it can help solve, and how it can be used in the classroom. If you’re a Fluvanna County staff member and want to learn more about using the tool in your own classroom, please schedule to see your ITRT and we will develop professional development based around your needs. If you’ve stumbled upon this post and you’re not part of the district, no worries! Feel free to use the information provided to jumpstart your own research.

Have you ever wished to have a way to communicate with students during lessons? A place where you can create polls, easily gauge student confusion at any point in the lesson, create quick quizzes for feedback (with a downloadable gradesheet), AND not have to worry about students needing accounts?

Today’s Fluco Toolbox tool is: GoSoapBox

First, the basics:

Name: GoSoapBox
URL: http://www.gosoapbox.com
Cost: FREE with paid options for classes larger than 30 students
Problem this tool solves: This tool lets you create an event for students to join where you can easily gauge confusion, create quizzes, polls, and discussions, and get feedback, with no need for students to have accounts.

GoSoapBox combines the ease of use of multiple tools/websites into one. If you are looking for a tool that combines the likes of PollEverywhere, Google Forms Quizzes, TodaysMeet, and Google Classroom Questions, then this is the tool for you. While it may not share the robust variety of features that some of these tools have individually, it manages to combine them into one large tool, that’s easy to use in a classroom.

Teachers using GoSoapBox are able to have students participate in an “Event” by entering a code to join. Students never need to create an account. Once the students are signed into the event, teachers can easily do a multitude of things. They will be able to gauge overall student confusion at any time during the lesson. Teachers can create a quiz that will collect student answers for teachers to grade later. They can also create a simple poll, or open a discussion question to be answered. Social Q & A is another feature where students can ask questions, and others can upvote them if they also share the same question.

Perhaps one of the nicest features of running an event on GoSoapBox is that multiple activities can be running at a time. Teachers can have a quiz open and a poll at the same time. Activities within an event can be locked and unlocked, and changed at will. Events are saved in the teacher’s dashboard, so they can set up activities for an event in advance. Activities can also be disabled. Social Q & A may be a tricky feature to teach students to use properly, so teachers are free to disable this option.

GoSoapBox is free for the basic account. The basic account lets you have up to 30 students signed into an event at one time. For most teachers, this is perfect. Upgrades are available, but the cheapest starts at $99 for 6 months, and allows teachers to have up to 75 students in a class at a time. Larger upgrades are also available, but these are better suited for large college classrooms.

Getting started on GoSoapBox is easy. Teachers will need to create an account and make sure all information is verified once they sign up. They’ll then be taken to their dashboard, which will look similar to the image below, minus the already created event:

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To create an event, simply select “Create” in the Your Events box. A new screen loads, and simply asks for a name for the new event.

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Give the event a name, and that’s it! The new event is created.

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Once the event has been created, teachers will be able to configure the event through the “Moderation Portal”, as well as copy down the join code for their class. The code will still be available once teachers leave this page, so teachers don’t have to worry about copying the code right away if they’d prefer not to do so.

Speaking of the Moderation Portal, teachers can complete a variety of tasks. Features for the event can be enabled or disabled as needed. Teachers can invite another teacher to moderate the event, or change the event details. The event can be archived and deleted from this screen. Teachers can also export data.

 

Events are never “closed” (unless archived). To open an event, simply click on the event name on the dashboard. The teacher’s screen appears as so:

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Teachers can now create any of the activities. This can be done in advance or on the fly. Activities are locked and unlocked by the teacher as needed when it’s time for students to give a reply. If teachers need the join code for students, all they have to do is click “Moderate This Event” at the bottom of the screen and the access code will appear at the top of the page that loads.

The possibilities for this tool are large, and if you’ve used it in your classroom, let me know in the comments! I would love some ideas to pass along to others.

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Twitter Transcript: #wvedchat on Formative Assessment

I’ve decided to add a new section to my blog for those who may not participate in Twitter edchats. These are fascinating ways to discuss current topics in education with other educators, but for some, they move way too fast to keep up. That’s where the transcripts come in. Educators can read them at their own pace and catch up on what was discussed, without having to worry about the pace of the chat itself.

#wvedchat was the very first edchat I started participating in, probably around Spring of last year. I’m really not too sure on that one, and it may have been later than that. This particular chat is held biweekly on Tuesdays at 8 PM, and each chat focuses on a different topic. Tonight’s was formative assessment.

Read all about it here.